TODAY'S WORD FOR Sunday, September 02, 2018:
One who saves from danger, harm or confinement.
He has rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, through His Blood, the forgiveness of sins.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Today we share some thoughts on the second word on which we can discover a second unique mission of Jesus Christ.
What is it that makes Jesus unique. Yesterday we shared some thoughts on the first characteristic that makes Jesus unique -- He is the revealer of the invisible God. And then next Monday we will discuss the third unique mission that makes Jesus unique -- our reconciler to God.
The second characteristic that makes Jesus unique -- is that He alone is our rescuer from death. Job asked probably the most often asked question that ever was asked (Job 14:14), “If a man dies, will he live again?”
The Bible tells us that death is the consequence of sin. Ezekiel 18:20 says, “The person who sins will die.” Paul tells us in Romans 3:23, “All have sinned.” And in Romans 6:23, “the wages of sin is death.” The reason Jesus came to this earth and died on the cross was not just to save us from paying the penalty of our sins but to rescue us from eternal death and give us eternal life.
Someone once wrote that the life of Christ is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb. The Bible tells us that one day all of us who are related to Jesus by faith as a child of God, will exit the tomb because Jesus is our rescuer from death.
Take a moment to read the verse we have written above from Colossians. The apostle Paul in this verse is telling us that all of us who are true believers in JESUS, have been rescued by Jesus from the unseen forces of darkness and been transferred from darkness to light, from guilt to forgiveness, from slavery to freedom and from the power of Satan to the power of God.
This is a promise made by God that awaits every believer. Jesus did not come to this earth to make bad people good. Jesus came to make dead people live. This is why we can say that Jesus is our rescuer from death.
We are dead in our trespasses and sin, but in Christ we are made alive, “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” (I Corinthians 15:22).
Our memory verse for this week is found in Genesis 1:1.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Thank You that You are our rescuer from death. Thank You that You died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. Thank You for going to heaven to prepare a place for me and those I love who know You as their Savior a home for eternity.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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